That Knock at the Door

That Knock at the Door

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/centerA blue star for each family member serving in Americaa€™s military... a gold star if that life was lost in defense of the nationa€™s freedom./center IN WORLD WAR I, the American tradition of the service flag began. Families displayed a simple fabric banner with a blue star for each family member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. If a family member died in the nationa€™s service, a gold star covered that individuala€™s blue star on the family service flag. Not a symbol of mourning, the gold star represented the familya€™s pride and the honor and glory accorded to that individual for making the supreme sacrifice in defense of the Americaa€™s freedom. Soon, the term a€œgold star mothera€ came to be used to identify and honor women who had lost a son or daughter in wartime military service. Following the war, as the nation focused its attention on those veterans who had returned whole in mind and body, gold star mothers served as a constant reminder of the true cost of war. In 1928, a group of these women formed American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., an organization created to honor those who had died by being of service to veterans and their families in need, supporting gold star families, and caring for veterans who had returned with physical, emotional and psychological wounds. From that humble beginning, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. has become an icon of national service, opening its membership time and again to gold star mothers of later wars and conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Their amazing legacy of service is an important yet largely unknown chapter in American history. This book presents the story of gold star mothers in America and the first comprehensive history of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., drawn from nearly a century of archival materials. The fascinating story of the strong women who honored their fallen sons and daughters by dedicating themselves to the service of veterans and peace is both compelling and inspiring.The question you must answer for us is: What has made it possible for you to turn your sorrow into service? ... Their letter of appreciation spoke of those ... As the gold star mothers grew older, their commitment to community service grew. ... Although the reporting format was standardized, the number of departments reporting sometimes fell to as few as nineteen of thirty-five, meaning that nearly half of theanbsp;...

Title:That Knock at the Door
Author:Holly S. Fenelon
Publisher:iUniverse - 2012-06-05


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